Newsletter - September 2018

Welcome!!

We hope you all enjoyed a break over the summer and we would like to welcome you all to a new academic year at the Music School.

As usual there are plenty of plans for the new term and beyond and we would like to keep you informed of all the important dates and events coming up.  

Please see all term dates for the rest of this academic year below. 
 
Exam Success!
Before the summer break, we had a number of exam sessions for Keyboard, Piano, Guitar and Vocal students, taking exams with Rock School and Trinity college. We are pleased to report that all students passed their exams and we are extremely proud of their achievements. Well done all! 
 
Forthcoming Exam Sessions
Later this term, there will be an opportunity to take Rock School exams for students on Yamaha Courses and also our vocalists. These exams will take place at the Music School at the end of November or early December. The closing date for entries is Monday 1st October and we would ask that all forms and payments are returned to us by Wednesday 26th September, in order for us to complete the entries in time. 

Piano & Keyboard Exams taken with Trinity college will take place at the exam centre in Stone, during the week commencing 10th December. All forms and payments for these exams should be with us by Wednesday 17th October

A separate exam letter will be handed out to those students currently working towards exams. 

New Classes
Throughout September, we have free taster lessons available for group keyboard, guitar and vocal courses. 
From October we will have new classes for beginners at the following times :

Wednesday 4pm - Guitar Encounters Course (Age 7+)
Thursday 4pm - Junior Keyboard Course (Ages 5-7 years)
Thursday 6pm - Keyboard Course (Age 8+)
Saturday 9.30am/4pm  - Guitar Encounters Course (Age 7+)


If you know anyone who might be interested in starting a new class, please get in touch to book a free taster lesson. Don't forget we offer our immediate family discount if more than one family member joins the music school or when enrolled onto more than one course, making it even more affordable to enjoy music lessons. 

Adult Vocals Group
On Mondays at 6pm we have a vocals group Just for Adults! If you are looking for a new hobby or already sing and want to improve technique and confidence, you can book in for a FREE taster lesson during September. All levels are welcome, whether you have no singing lesson experience at all, or have previously worked with choirs or vocal groups, the class is a fun way to improve your vocal abilities and work towards group performances. Please get in touch for more information. 

Live Events
Our last event was our 'Live Lounge' which took place at Redrum in Crabbery Street. We heard some fantastic performances from our vocal students, led by one of our vocal teachers, Jayne, in a great live music venue. It was an incredibly hot day and a new event for us, but so far we have had some fantastic feedback from those who attended. There are a selection of performances on our You Tube channel to give you an idea of the event and we hope to arrange another 'Live Lounge' very soon. 

Christmas Tree Festival
For the last three years, we have performed during the Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary's Church. It is a great opportunity to view the Christmas trees on display and hear some live music in a fantastic setting. We have a 30 minute slot at 10am on Saturday 8th December, which usually gives us time for a small number of performances from our students. Please let us know if you would be interested in performing. 

Facebook/Twitter/Website
We post regular updates on our websitefacebook page and on Twitter (@musicstafford). We understand that letters sometimes struggle to find their way home and we will always post letters sent home on our website. Please like our facebook page or follow us on Twitter and keep up to date!
 
Reminders of all the important dates are included below. Please get in touch if you have any queries or questions.
 
Term Dates 2018-2019
Term 1
First Lesson: Monday 3rd September
Last Lesson: Saturday 22nd December

Term 2

First Lesson: Saturday 5th January
Last Lesson: Saturday 13th April

Term 3
First Lesson: Monday 29th April
Last Lesson: Friday 26th July

Dates for your diaries

  • Monday 1st October: Closing Date for Rock School Exams

  • Friday 19th October: Closing Date for Trinity Exams

  • November/December: Rock School exams at Stafford Music School

  • W/C 10th December: Trinity Exams at Stone

  • Saturday 8th December @10am:  Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary's Church.

  • Sunday 10th March: Annual Concerts @ Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

Happy Summer Holidays!

We hope you are all enjoying the summer break and looking forward to returning in September for some more fun learning new songs and taking on new challenges. 

Here are the important dates for next term and we look forward to seeing existing and new students in September! 

Term 1

First Lesson:    Monday 3rd September

Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary's Church - Saturday 8th December at 10am

Last Lesson:     Saturday 22nd December

Term 2

First Lesson:     Saturday 5th January

Annual Concert at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre  - Sunday 10th March

Last Lesson:     Saturday 13th April

Term 3

First Lesson:     Monday 29th April

Last Lesson:     Friday 26th July

Exam Timetables - 24th & 25th June & 5th July 2018

We have a busy few weeks coming up at the Music School! 

On Sunday 24th June & Monday 25th June, we have Rock School exams taking place at the Music School for keyboard, guitar and vocal students. Timetables can be found below. 

Sunday 24th June 2018 - Guitar & Vocals

Monday 25th June 2018 - Keyboard & Vocals

On Thursday 5th July we have students taking exams at the exam centre in Stone for Trinity Piano & Keyboard Exams. Please check the times and address details below carefully and let us know if you have any questions. 

Thursday 5th July 2018 - Piano & Keyboard

Remember, daily practice is essential from now until the exams and make sure you work on the areas that need the most work, as well as the elements you feel happy with. 

Please speak to your teacher if you need any help or ideas to make practice more fun and improve your confidence!

Newsletter - May 2018

Exam Sessions

The next session of Rock School exams will take place on Sunday 24th & Monday 25th June at the Music School. There were such a large number of students wishing to take exams at this sitting that it is necessary for the exams to take place across two consecutive days. We are awaiting a timetable from Rock School and as soon as we have the schedule we can inform students of their exam time. For those students scheduled on the Monday, we can provide a letter for any school that may request evidence for the absence.

Concert DVD

After the success of our annual concerts on Sunday 4th March, we are pleased to inform you that DVD’s are now available and can be purchased from Reception for £15. We can only accept cash payments for DVD’s.

Photos

Photos from the concerts are now available to view and purchase at https://threefivethreephotography.smugmug.com/Music/Gigs. Thanks to Garry at 353 Photography for some fantastic images at some of the rehearsals and both shows. 

Summer Concert at St Mary’s Church

We have once again arranged a summer concert at St Mary’s Church to take place on Sunday 1st July at 2pm. In contrast to our Gatehouse shows, where we invite all students to take part as a live band, the summer concert will be an opportunity for any guitar, keyboard and piano students to perform what they might currently be working on, in small groups with a few solo performances. There is very limited time available for students to perform but everyone is welcome to attend and tickets will be available from the beginning of June from the music school.

Vocal Performance

For our vocal students, we are looking into finding a venue where we can offer a regular opportunity to perform and we will update you as soon as we have more information on this.

Maternity News

We are pleased to inform you that our vocal teacher Jenii is expecting a baby in July. Jenii will continue to teach until the start of July and the remainder of the term will be covered by Jayne who also teaches on Tuesdays. Jenii and Jayne will work together closely to ensure a smooth transition until Jenii returns, hopefully in September.

 Re Enrolment

As we near the end of this term, we will begin the process of re enrolment for all students. This is an opportunity to make changes to current lesson days and times, particularly with changes in schools etc for some of our students. As we are currently full on all courses, we would appreciate as much notice as possible if you require a change of day or time in September, or will not be continuing with lessons. This helps us to plan any merges in classes and establish where our spaces will be for both new classes and one to one students. In June we will send out a data collection sheet to each student containing the information we currently hold on our system. It is essential that all information is checked carefully and amended where necessary, before returning to us with or without changes.

 Facebook/Twitter/Website

 Our website is regularly updated and you can find us on facebook (search for Stafford Music School) and Twitter (@musicstafford). We understand that letters sometimes struggle to find their way home and we will always post letters sent home on our website. Please like our facebook page or follow us on Twitter and keep up to date!

Reminders of all the important dates are included below. Please get in touch if you have any queries or questions.

Dates for your diaries

Sunday 24th & Monday 25th June: Rock School Exam session at Stafford Music School

Sunday 1st July: Summer Concert at St Mary’s Church

Friday 27th July: Last lesson of term

 

 

Welcome to the Summer Term!

We would like to welcome back all of our students after the Easter break. We hope you are feeling refreshed and recharged and ready for the Summer term!

Our Annual Concert at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre took place on Sunday 4th March 2018 and we are all so proud and pleased with both shows. All students worked hard to deliver some fantastic band performances and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we all did! 

As usual, we ask you to provide any feedback to help us improve on this years success. Please click to complete a short questionnaire and give us your views and suggestions.

We have already booked a date for next year so please add Sunday 10th March 2019 to your diaries! 

If you would like to 're-live' this years concerts, the DVD is now available to buy at £15 each. Please ask at reception and we can have a copy ready for you at your next lesson. 

This term we have Rock School exams for guitar, keyboard & vocals taking place at the Music School on Sunday 24th & Monday 25th June. A timetable will follow shortly from Rock School and in the mean time, keep practicing! 

 

Important Rehearsal & Concert Information!

REHEARSALS

On Sunday 4th March, all songs will be rehearsed at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre between 10am-1pm prior to the shows in the afternoon.  Rehearsal times can be found below.

Performers should arrive 15mins before their rehearsal, through the entrance nearest the coffee shop (not the box office) and register at the bottom of the stairs.

Performers will be registered at the stairs and staff will escort each group into the theatre in readiness for their rehearsal. After rehearsing, they will be escorted back to parents and de- registered at the bottom of the stairs. Parents and guardians will be asked to wait downstairs during rehearsals.

CONCERT

Performers should arrive 35mins before their show time (1.25pm or 3.55pm) and be registered in the Mountbatten Suite. Staff will escort performers into the theatre via backstage.  Performers will be seated in the theatre throughout the show.

For those children aged 7 and under who will be seated with parents throughout the show, they will still need to register in the Mountbatten Suite and then enter the theatre to be seated with parents.  Parents will escort their children to a member of staff at the stage door prior to their performance.

Parents and guardians can enter the theatre and take their seats from 30 minutes before (1.30pm/4.00pm).

At the end of each concert, performers will leave with staff and be de registered and released to parents in the Mountbatten Suite.  We ask that only one parent or guardian collects each student from the Mountbatten suite and that other family members wait in the bar area to avoid congestion.

CONCERT REHEARSALS AT STAFFORD GATEHOUSE

 SUNDAY 4TH MARCH 2018

10.00 DON’T STOP ME NOW

10.15 SHAKE IT OFF

10.30 MR BLUE SKY

10.45 WAKE ME UP

11.00 CRY ME A RIVER

11.15 SCHOOL OF ROCK

11.30 FLY FAR SPACESHIP/I’M A BELIEVER

11.45 WHITE WEDDING

12.00 HALLELUJAH

12.15 IM STILL STANDING

12.30 HOLD BACK THE RIVER

12.45 DON’T YOU WORRY

The rehearsals at the musics school were fantastic and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.

Tickets for the show are still available and can only be purchased from the box office at the Gatehouse. If you require a ‘performers free ticket’ so that your child is seated with you before and after they perform, please be sure to ask the Gatehouse for these seats which are in a particular area of the theatre. Please let us know the seat number you purchase.

Please get in touch if you have any questions or are unsure which show you or your child are performing in.

 

 

 

Concert Tickets - On sale Friday 2nd February!

IMPORTANT CONCERT INFORMATION

Concerts will take place on Sunday 4th March at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre. There will be two performances at 2pm & 4.30pm and most students will only perform in one of these shows. Please check with reception or your teacher as to which concert you will perform at.

Students will play in groups with teachers on stage to help and conduct.

Each concert should last around 1hr 30mins each and we will have a variety of musical styles, with singers, guitarists, keyboardists and pianists combined.

Tickets go on sale from Friday 2nd February and will be priced at £8.50 adults, £4.50 Concessions (Senior Citizen/Under 16) plus a booking fee of 50p per ticket. Tickets can ONLY be purchased directly from the Gatehouse at the Box office situated at the Gatehouse or via the website www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk.

All performers AGED 8 & OVER will be seated in the theatre in a designated section throughout the concerts and will not need to purchase a ticket.

Performers AGED 7 & UNDER will be seated with parents throughout the concert. You should ask for a ‘performers free ticket’ when booking. Members of staff will escort students from the audience to the backstage area to perform.

Rehearsals will take place at the Music School on Sunday 11th February. Please see the timetable below. Saturday Keyboard classes at 11am & 2.30pm will rehearse in class and ONLY need to attend the Gatehouse rehearsal.

On the day of the concerts, there will be short rehearsals between 10.00am – 1pm at the Gatehouse Theatre, to enable sound checks and to give students the opportunity to play through the songs. Please check our website for these times www.staffordmusicschool.co.uk/news. It is very important that as many students as possible attend these rehearsals, so that they feel comfortable with the venue and we can ensure the best sound quality.                                           

If there are any parents who would like to help out either during the concert, or with moving equipment to the theatre, please let us know.

We will film both concerts and produce a DVD of which you may reserve at reception. If you do not wish your child to be filmed, please let us know.

 We ask that there is no flash photography while the students are playing as it can disturb the performance.

Important information regarding the concert will be posted on Facebook (search for Stafford Music School) and Twitter (@musicstafford), as well as our website www.staffordmusicschool.co.uk. So please keep an eye on these pages to keep up to date.

Further information will follow regarding registration on the day of the concerts.

We are really looking forward to seeing our students perform again at the Gatehouse Theatre. For our new students, there is a short video on our You Tube channel from last year to give you an idea of what to expect. If you have any queries at all, please let us know.

 

Concert Rehearsals - Timetables now available!

Our next concert will take place at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Sunday 4th March 2018. 

There will be one day of rehearsals at the music school on Sunday 11th February. Each song will have an allocated 30 minute slot for students to practice together as a band. Please check the timetable for your times. If you are performing in more than one song, you may need to come in twice on that day. 

On the day of the concert, each performance will have a short 15 minute sound check and practice at the Gatehouse Theatre in the morning, before the concerts in the afternoon. We would ask that all students arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled time to allow us to register them and escort them backstage in readiness for their rehearsal time. Please find times for the Gatehouse Rehearsals here. 

Tickets for the concert can only be purchased from the Gatehouse Theatre Box Office and will go on sale from Friday 2nd February. Most of the students will only perform in ONE show, so please check with us first as to which show you need to purchase tickets for. 

We hope you are looking forward to the concerts as much as we are and please let us know if you have any other questions. 

We're back! Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We are all very excited to be back after the Christmas break and have lots to look forward to before the Easter holidays.

Exam Success!

Well done to all of our piano and keyboard students who successfully passed their Trinity exams taken in November & December. We are all over the moon with the results (all merits and distinctions!) and very proud of you all!

 Future Exam Sessions

From January 2018, we will be able to hold exam sessions for our guitar and vocal students at the music school. Previously, our guitar and vocal students have needed to travel to Wolverhampton to take examinations. We are pleased to say that from the next exam session in the summer term, provided we meet the minimum requirements, we can hold an exam session at the music school for all Rock School exams, which will also include students on our Yamaha Keyboard courses. Piano & Keyboard Exams taken with Trinity college will continue to take place at the exam centre in Stone.

Lesson Payments

From September, we introduced a discount for all students paying by Standing Order and the majority of students pay lesson fees in this way. Lesson fees are due at the first lesson of each month and the amount remains the same each time. If you don’t currently pay by standing order and would like a form, please ask at reception.

Annual Concert – Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

There will be two concerts on the afternoon of Sunday 4th March 2017 at the Gatehouse Theatre at 2pm & 4.30pm.

Students will perform as part of a live band and there will be a rehearsal at the Music School on Sunday 11th February, as well as at the Gatehouse during the morning of the shows.  Each song will have an allocated time for rehearsal. Most students will take part in only one of the shows. However, some students may be asked to appear in both.

The concerts take a great deal of organisation and we would be grateful of any help from parents or relatives. Please let us know if you think you can help, either as a chaperone to escort performers to and from the stage at the concerts or with setting up before and during the shows.

Facebook/Twitter/Website

Our website is regularly updated and you can find us on facebook (search for Stafford Music School) and Twitter (@musicstafford). We understand that letters sometimes struggle to find their way home and we will always post letters sent home on our website. Please like our facebook page or follow us on Twitter and keep up to date!

Reminders of all the important dates are included below. Please get in touch if you have any queries or questions.

Term Dates 2017-2018

Term 2

First Lesson: Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Last Lesson: Thursday 29th March 2018

Term 3

First Lesson: Friday 13th April 2018

Last Lesson: Friday 27th July 2018

Dates for your diaries

  • Sunday 11th February : Concert Rehearsals at Music School
  • Sunday 4th March : Annual Concerts @ Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
  • Summer 2018 : Rock School Exam session at Stafford Music School

Merry Christmas!

Our last day of term 1 was Monday 18th December 2017 and we return to teaching on Wednesday 3rd January 2018. 

We have had a fantastic term with two new guitar classes, two new keyboard classes and a number of new vocalists joining the school. We have had three exam sittings taking place in Stafford, Stone and Wolverhampton and for the third year running we performed at the Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary's Church. 

In the new year, we have our big event to look forward to - the Annual Concert at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, which will take place on Sunday 4th March. Two concerts at 2pm & 4.30pm, and all of our students are welcome to take part and experience playing live with a band. 

More information to follow at the start of next term, but for now we would like to wish you all a very 'Merry Christmas' and we look forward to another successful, music filled year in 2018! 

Trinity/Yamaha Exams Sunday 15th October

Our next session of exams will take place on Sunday 15th October at the music school. 

The timetable can be accessed here and all students must arrive 15 minutes before the start of their exam with their books, memory sticks and written arrangements. Only students taking exams at Grade 5 and above will need to bring written arrangements for one of their pieces. 

All students should be practicing daily and there is still time to improve on areas such as sight reading and chord playing, just by doing a little each day. Please speak to your teacher if you need any help with a practice routine or schedule. 

New Classes and FREE taster lessons - September 2017

Welcome back to all our students returning after the summer break. We have lots of plans for the forthcoming year and we will also have some new classes!

If you have an aspiring musician at home, or someone that loves to sing and would like to improve their skills, we're sure to have a class or lesson to suit you. Play an instrument already but would like to start another? No problem  - we have different levels for all abilities. 

New Classes starting September & October 2017

Yamaha 'Guitar Encounters' (Age 7+)

Wednesdays at 6pm 

Saturdays at 12pm

Yamaha Keyboard Course (Age 8+)

Saturdays at 12pm

Yamaha Junior Keyboard Course (Age 6-7)

Saturdays at 2.30pm

Vocals Course (Age 7 +)

Mondays and Tuesdays after school

We can offer a FREE taster lesson on our Keyboard and Guitar Courses in September. Places are limited though, so please contact us soon to book your place. Fill out the online form or give us a call on 07940 228000.

Take a look at our You Tube page to see how these courses work and how much fun we have while learning! 

There are also limited spaces for one to one lessons on Keyboard, Piano, Guitar and Vocals. Please contact us for further information. 

Music School is OUT for SUMMER!

Our last day of teaching for this academic year was Friday 28th July.

It was a busy year as always and we are very thankful for our incredibly talented students, supportive parents and a wonderful team of staff. Thank you all!!

We will start a brand new term on Saturday 2nd September and already have a number of exciting plans for the coming year. Please see our term dates below along with some other dates for your diaries. 

Wishing all of our students and families a wonderful summer break and we look forward to seeing you in September!

Term 1

First Lesson:     Saturday 2nd September

Yamaha/Trinity Exams - Sunday 15th October

Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary's Church - Saturday 2nd December 10am

Last Lesson:     Monday 18th December

Term 2

First Lesson:     Wednesday 3rd January

Annual Concert at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre  - Sunday 4th March

Last Lesson:     Thursday 29th March

Term 3

First Lesson:     Friday 13th April

Last Lesson:     Friday 27th July

Newsletter - May 2017

Letters have been going home over the last couple of weeks with important information for the remaining weeks of this term. If you haven't seen sight of this yet,  (deep at the bottom of the book bags?) don't worry, all the information can be found below. 

Exams!

It’s been a busy year for exams with sessions taking place each term and we still have more exams to come. Guitar, Vocals, and Trinity Piano exams will take place in June and July and we expect to receive dates and times within the next few weeks for those students who were entered at the start of the April.

Summer Performance

After the success of the Annual Concerts at the Gatehouse in March, we wanted to add an event to the summer term to give those students wanting to perform solo or in a smaller group, the opportunity to do so.

At the Gatehouse shows, we have live ‘band’ performances, where students play in larger groups with a live drummer and full band. This allows us to offer all of students the chance to perform live and get real experience of playing with other musicians in a typical band scenario.

On Sunday 9th July, we have hired St Mary’s Church from 2pm-4.30pm and will have a selection of solo performers and small groups on vocals, guitar, piano and keyboard, followed by refreshments. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate all of the students in the school at this event as there simply isn’t enough time, but please do let us know if you would like to take part. To cover costs, there will be a minimal ticket charge of £2.50 per adult ticket and no charge for performers or children. Tickets will go on sale week commencing Monday 12th June.

 Re-Enrolment

Towards the end of June, we will be sending out information for re-enrolment in September, along with term dates for the next academic year. All enrolment forms and Standing order forms will need to be returned before we break up on Friday 28th July and if any students require an alternative class or lesson time from September, we would ask you to give us as much notice as possible to make these arrangements.

Facebook/Twitter/Website

Don’t forget, important information and term dates can be found on our website and our Facebook and Twitter pages are regularly updated.

If you have any questions or queries at all, please get in touch.

 

Newsletter - April 2017

We have recently sent home letters with further information about DVD's and photos from our Stafford Gatehouse concert and also forthcoming exam sessions. If the letter hasn't made it home, you can find it all the information below. 

We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ and ‘well done’ to everyone who took part in the concerts at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on 5th March. Every performance was fantastic and we are so proud of all the students involved. We were so lucky to have so many student and parent helpers who gave their time to help us in so many ways. Thanks to them and the great team of staff at the music school, we could make such a big event possible.

As always we can see ways to make it even better next year and have already had some great feedback. If you haven’t let us know your thoughts, there are some feedback sheets available at the music school or you can give us your views online at www.staffordmusicschool.co.uk/concertfeedback. We take all of your views into account and it helps us to plan for next year.

Concert DVDs

Each year, our concerts are filmed to give you the opportunity to re-live the shows at home. If you would like to purchase a copy we have a small supply now available to purchase. Please reserve your copy at reception or send us a message if you would like one. Both shows are available on one DVD which is priced at £15 and can be paid by cash only.  

Photos

Photos from both concerts were taken by Garry from 353photography.  He has captured some amazing images, which can be viewed online at https://threefivethreephotography.smugmug.com/Music/Gigs. All images can be downloaded from the website for just £2, or you can order them printed according to size requirements. There may not be photos of all students in the collection. With sometimes less than three minutes for each performance, it can be difficult to capture each performer from various points around the stage.

Exams

This term we have had exam sessions for both Piano and Guitar students and we have one more small session of exams next term for guitar and vocal students. Letters will have already been sent out to those students who are ready and exams will take place at Wolverhampton on a Sunday in May, June or July.  The next session of Yamaha Keyboard exams is already being planned for October/November 2017 and if you have any questions about exams, please let us know.

Summer Performance

Our Gatehouse shows are our big event for the year. We are hoping to arrange a much smaller event to finish off the summer term and give some of our students the opportunity to perform solos, duets and so on. We would intend this to be a much smaller, relaxed ‘Sunday afternoon’ performance and hope to have arrangements in place after Easter.                  

We break up for Easter after lessons on Saturday 8th April and return on Monday 24th April and continue through until we break up for Summer on Friday 28th July.

If you have any other enquiries, please feel free to contact me. From all of us at the Music School, we wish you all a very happy Easter holiday!

Exam Timetables - March 2017

Before the Easter break, we have exam sessions for both Guitar and Piano students. 

Rock School Guitar exams will take place on Sunday 19th March at the Wolverhampton centre. Please check the timetable below for scheduled times. 

 

Rock School Guitar Exam Timetable

Trinity Piano Exams will take place in Stone on Thursday 30th March. Please check your times below. 

Trinity Piano Exam Timetable

We would like to wish all of the students preparing for exams lots of luck. Keep practicing and always ask your teacher if you need any help!

Concert Success at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre!

On Sunday 5th March 2017, the students of Stafford Music School took to the stage at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre in Eastgate Street, to perform two live concerts. 

Featuring a variety of styles of music, the students played a mixed set of classics including songs from Bruno Mars, Muse, Michael Jackson, Toto and even an unaccompanied vocal performance of 'Cups' from Pitch Perfect by our young vocalists. Keyboard, Piano and Guitar students combined with Vocal students and a professional drummer to deliver show stopping performances for the audience to enjoy. 

Our younger keyboard and piano players performed songs from our Junior Course . 'Panda' , 'Sea Otter' and 'Popcorn' delighted the audience in both shows. 

We had a classical moment too, with a relaxing keyboard ensemble of the popular 'Canon' which provided a great contrast to the live band songs. 

The students were all outstanding and performed like true professionals. Thank you and 'well done' to all! 

Feedback from our parents and students has so far been overwhelmingly positive but we would also like to get your thoughts and ideas for improvements down on paper, ready for next year! 

There is a short questionnaire which can be filled out online. Please follow the link below.

Concert 2017 Questionnaire

You can also fill out a paper copy on your next visit to the music school. 

Concert Rehearsals & Registration - Sunday 5th March 2017

CONCERT REHEARSALS AT STAFFORD GATEHOUSE THEATRE

On Sunday 5th March, all songs will be rehearsed at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre between 10am-1pm prior to the shows in the afternoon.  

Rehearsal times can be found below.

Performers should arrive 15mins before their rehearsal, through the entrance nearest the coffee shop (not the box office) and register at the bottom of the stairs.

Performers will be registered at the stairs and staff will escort each group into the theatre in readiness for their rehearsal. After rehearsing, they will be escorted back to parents and de- registered at the bottom of the stairs. Parents and guardians will be asked to wait downstairs during rehearsals.

CONCERTS - 2PM & 4.30PM START

Performers should arrive 35mins before their show time (1.25pm or 3.55pm) and be registered in the Mountbatten Suite. Staff will escort performers into the theatre via backstage.  Performers will be seated in the theatre throughout the show.

For those children aged 7 and under who will be seated with parents throughout the show, they will still need to register in the Mountbatten Suite and then enter the theatre to be seated with parents.

Parents and guardians can then enter the theatre and take their seats from 30 minutes before (1.30pm/4.00pm).

At the end of each concert, performers will leave with staff, one group at a time and be de registered and released to parents in the Mountbatten Suite.  We ask that only one parent or guardian collects each student from the Mountbatten suite and that other family members wait in the bar area to avoid congestion.

CONCERT REHEARSALS AT STAFFORD GATEHOUSE

SUNDAY 5TH MARCH 2017

10.00 SUPERSTITION

10.15 FEELING GOOD

10.30 GRENADE

10.45 POPCORN

11.00 BRAVE/CUPS

11.15 SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE

11.30 AFRICA

11.45 CANON

12.00 CHASING CARS

12.15 OTTER/PANDA

12.30 BUILT THIS CITY

12.45 M JACKSON

Tickets for the show are still available and can only be purchased from the box office at the Gatehouse.

Please get in touch if you have any questions or are unsure which show you or your child are performing in. Most students will be performing in just one of the two shows, with the exception of some of our vocalists.